Andrea Zittel (American, b.1965) is an installation artist and sculptor who produces art in response to her environment and daily routines. Zittel was born in Escondido, CA. In 1983, she graduated from San Pasqual High School, and in 1988, she obtained her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from San Diego State University. In 1990, she received her MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

The first solo exhibition of her career, Rotunda Installation, was featured at the San Diego Museum of Art in 1987. Zittel first began to create art in response to her daily routines and surroundings during the early 1990s. Her work frequently focused on the creation of functional objects related to basic needs, such as clothing, food, and shelter. Zittel's first Living Unit was an experimental structure created for the purpose of reducing everything to only those items necessary for a compact living system within her small Brooklyn, NY, apartment. During this time, she launched her own corporation to make her art available to consumers. Some of her works were designed to make daily routines efficient. Other works, such as Escape Vehicles, were designed to appeal to the dream of isolating oneself from the rest of the world. In 1997, Zittel’s work was part of Documenta X in Kassel, Germany. Her art has been shown in exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland, the Gallerla Massimo De Carlo in Milan, Italy, and the IKON Gallery in Birmingham, England. Zittel's work was also included in a show at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum that took place from 2005 to 2006.

Zittel was commissioned by the Public Art Fund in 1999 to create a project for Central Park in New York, NY. The site-specific project, Point of Interest: An A–Z Land Brand, was situated near the southeast entrance until March 2000. The sculpture featured two huge rocks made from Styrofoam and concrete, designed to remind city dwellers that Central Park was created specifically for the purpose of enjoyment. She was also commissioned by the Danish government to create a floating island, A–Z Pocket Property, just off the coast of Denmark. She lived on the concrete island for one month as part of an isolation experiment. Zittel continued her escapism project in a 25-acre tract of land in the desert. The project formed part of an investigation into modern ideas of personal freedom. Zittel was included in both the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Biennial in New York. In 2005, she received the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and she was appointed to the Roski School of Fine Arts faculty at the University of Southern California in 2006. She currently lives in both Joshua Tree, CA, and New York, NY, where she is represented by the Sadie Coles HQ and the Andrea Rosen Gallery.

Timeline

1988
BFA Painting/Sculpture (Honors), San Diego State University
1990
MFA Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design
2005
Lucelia Artist Award (Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Exhibitions

2012
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA, “Behold, America!” curated by Amy Galpin, September 15 – February 10, 2013, and at The San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum, San Diego, CA
2012
Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY, “Painting in Space,” co-curated by Tom Eccles and Johanna Burton
2012
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, “Machines for Living," curated by Roy Brand
2011
Ace Museum, Los Angeles, CA, “The [Secret] Return of Noever,”
2011
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, “Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now,”
2011
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, "Laboratorium Przyszlosci Regress/Progress"
2011
De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands, “In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art,” curated by Susan Hapgood and Cornelia Lauf. Travels to: Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy,KHOJ International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India, Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,The Drawing Center, New York, NY
2011
Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, "Mis-Design"
2011
CCS Bard, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, “If you lived here, you’d be home by now,” curated by Josiah McElheny
2011
Tanya Bonakdar, New York, NY, “Multiple Pleasures,”
2011
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2011
Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden, “Lay of My Land,” Travels to: BALTIC, Gateshead, England (solo)
2011
Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany, “Patterns of Habit,” (solo)
2011
CCS Bard, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, “CLAP,”
2011
Patrick Painter, Santa Monica, CA, “Patrick Painter Editions,”
2010
Royal Academy of Arts: GSK Contemporary, London, UK, “Aware: Art Identity Fashion” co-curated by Dominic Molon and Tricia Van Eck
2010
TULCA Festival Visual Arts, Galway, Ireland, “Living on the Edge”, curated by Michelle Brown
2010
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, "Portland Museum of Art Presents: The Group Formerly Known as Smock Shop,"
2010
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, “Multiple Pleasures: Functional Objects in Contemporary Art”, curated by Nathalie Karg and Cumulus Studios
2010
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, A-Z Habitable Island for the Indianapolis Museum of Art: Customized by student-residents from Herron School of Art and Design
2010
SDSU Downtown Gallery, San Diego, CA, “Divergence: John Baldessari, Deborah Buttefield, Andrea Zittel”
2010
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, “Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out,”
2010
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, “Ethics and Aesthetics”
2010
Sadie Coles HQ, London, England, "Clasp" (solo)
2010
Costume Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy, "Between Art and Life" (solo)
2009
Tanja Pol, Munich, Germany, “Andrea Zittel presents: Smock Shop,” (solo)
2009
Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany, “Andrea Zittel presents: Smock Shop,” (solo)
2009
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, "single strand, forward motion" (solo)
2009
Sprüth Magers, London, United Kingdom, “Andrea Zittel presents: Smock Shop,” (solo)
2009
Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany, “100 Years (version #1, Dusseldorf),” curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Roselee Goldberg. Travels to : P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY, “100 Years (versions #2, ps1),”
2009
Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany, "Walking Patterns"
2009
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, "Collection: MoCA's First Thirty Years,"
2009
College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago,"Reflection", curated by Lorelei Stewart
2009
Fort Asperen, the Netherlands, 'RETREAT', curated by Architect Ben van Berkel and art historian Caroline
2009
Bos (UNStudio)
2009
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, NY, “Fashioning Felt”
2009
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI, 'Return to Function', curated by Jane Simon. Travels to De Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
2009
Tribeca Grand Hotel, New York, NY, "Sketch, London, presents, 'A New Stance for Tomorrow'"as part of a special project for Armory Modern & Volta NY)
2009
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, “Between Art and Life,”
2009
Hessel Museum of Art & CCS Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson, ‘Consider the Lobster’, curated by Rachel Harrison
2008
Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico, “The Invention of the Everyday” (A course within the collections of the National Museum of Art and the Foundation / Collection Jumex), curated by Frédéric Bonnet
2008
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany, "Interior/Exterior: Living in Art"
2008
Attitudes - Espace d'arts Contemporains, Geneva, Switzerland,
2008
Orange Country Museum of Art, Newport Beach ,California, "2008 California Biennial" curated by Lauri Firstenberg
2008
Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State, Los Angeles, California, “Desertshore,” curated by Jan Tumlir
2008
Sketch, London, United Kingdom, “A New Stance for Tomorrow”
2008
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, "Permanent Collection,"
2008
China Town, Los Angeles, “Andrea Zittel presents: Smock Shop,” (solo)
2008
The Suburban, Chicago, “Andrea Zittel presents: Smock Shop,” (solo)
2008
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, "Energetic Accumulators and Token Exchanges" (solo)
2008
Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland, "Andrea Zittel, Monika Sosnowska 1:1" (solo)
2007
Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan (solo)
2007
Miami Beach, FL, "Erasing the Edge: Destroying Walls Constructing Beauty, Inland View and Landscape," organized by Micaela Giovonnati
2007
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany, "Going Staying. Movement, Body, Place in Contemporary Art"
2007
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, “Celebrating the Lucelia Artist Award,
2007
Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, "Don't Look. Contemporary Drawings from an Alumna's Collection, Martina Yamin,"
2007
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, “Shapes of Space,”
2007
Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA, “The HandMaking,”
2007
The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan, “Living in the Material World,”
2006
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, “Fantastic Frameworks: Architectural Utopias and Designs for Life,”
2006
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, “Plug In #10,” curated by Lily van der Stokker
2006
John Connelly Presents, New York, NY, “Flex Your Textiles,” curated by Travis Boyer and Ginger Brooks Takahashi
2006
Sadie Coles HQ, London, England (solo)
2006
Whitney Museum of Art at Altria, New York, NY, “Small Liberties,” (solo)
2006
Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea di Milano, Milano, “Less: Strategie alternative dell’abitare,” curated by Gabi Scardi
2006
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, “Into Me / Out of Me,” curated by Klaus Biesenbach Travels to: Kunst-Werke Berlin e.V., Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
2006
MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy
2006
Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland, “Emmanuel Hoffman-Stiftung: Werkgruppenund Installationen,”
2005
Critical Spaces, The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (opens October 1); The New Museum, New York; LAMoCA; Vancouver Art Gallery (forthcoming touring museum show)
2005
A-Z Advanced Technologies, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, May 6 – June 18, 2005
2005
ART-ROBE: Women artists at the nexus of fashion and art, curated by Airyung Kim and Claudia Steinberg, UNESCO headquarters, Paris, March 7 to March 25 2005
2005
Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule-Based Art, PaceWildenstein, New York, February 18 to March 26, 2005
2005
New Work/New Acquisitions, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Ann Temkin, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, June 28 to September 26, 2005
2005
We Could Have Invited Everyone, curated by Robert Blackson and Peter Coffin, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, June 24 to July 29, 2005
2005
Ways of Living (Jorge Pardo, Marjetica Potrc, Tobias Rehberger, Andrea Zittel), Kettles Yard, Cambridge, England, October 1 - November 20, 2005
2005
Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, October 6, 2005 – January 15, 2006; Museum of Arts & Design New York, New York, February 2, 2005 – May 7 2006
2005
ART-ROBE: Women artists at the nexus of fashion and art, curated by Airyung Kim and Claudia Steinberg, UNESCO headquarters, Paris, March 7 to March 25 2005
2005
Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule-Based Art, PaceWildenstein, New York, February 18 to March 26, 2005
2005
New Work/New Acquisitions, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Ann Temkin, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, June 28 to September 26, 2005
2005
We Could Have Invited Everyone, curated by Robert Blackson and Peter Coffin, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, June 24 to July 29, 2005
2005
Ways of Living (Jorge Pardo, Marjetica Potrc, Tobias Rehberger, Andrea Zittel), Kettles Yard, Cambridge, England, October 1 - November 20, 2005
2005
Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, October 6, 2005 – January 15, 2006; Museum of Arts & Design New York, New York, February 2, 2005 – May 7 2006
2004
Editions Fawbush: A Selection, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, December 11 2004 - January 8 2005
2004
Last One On is a Soft Jimmy, curated by Kelley Walker, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Nov 6 - Dec 18, 2004
2004
70/90. Engagierte Kunst, Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany, October 12, 2004 – January 16, 2005
2004
Female Identities? Künstlerinnen der Sammlung Goetz, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Germany, February 1 - December 31, 2004
2004
Die Zehn Gebote, Deutches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, June 19 - December 5, 2004. (catalogue)
2004
Multiple Räume (1): Seele: Konstruktionen des Innerlichen in der Kunst, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany, February 14 - April 18, 2004 (catalogue)
2004
2004 Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, curated by Debra Singer, Shamim M. Momin, Chrissie Iles, March 11 - June 13, 2004 (catalogue)
2004
The Ten Commandments, Deutsches Hygeine-Museum, Dresden, Germany, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, June 19 - December 15, 2004
2004
Needful Things: Recent Multiples, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, September 19, 2004 - January 2, 2005
2004
Western Evolutions, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, December 18, 2004 – January 29, 2005
2004
A-Z Uniforms, 1991-2000, Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York, NY, January 23 - February 21, 2004
2003
A-Z Uniform Series: 1991-2002, Philomene Magers Projekte, Munich, Germany, May 15 – June 28, 2003
2003
Andrea Zittel, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany, May 18 – November 8, 2003
2002
A-Z Cellular Compartment Units, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, May 10 – June 15, 2002
2002
A-Z Advanced Technologies: Fiber Forms, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan, September 6 - October 4, 2002 (brochure)
2002
A-Z West: The Regenerating Fields, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, November 23 – December 15, 2002
2002
Advanced Technologies: The A-Z Regenerating Fields and Fiber Form Uniforms, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, December 7, 2002 – January 18, 2003
2001
A-Z Sorting Trays, Susan Inglett, New York, NY, November 7 – December 15, 2001
2001
Everlasting and Complete: A-Z Food Group and A-Z Eating Environments, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy, February 19 – March 26, 2001
2001
A-Z Cellular Compartment Units, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, England, October 31 – December 2, 2001 (catalogue)
2001
A-Z 2001 Homestead Units, Sadie Coles HQ, London, England, October 29 – December 8, 2001
2000
A-Z Time Trials, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, April 22 – June 27, 2000
2000
A-Z Time Trials: Free Running Rhythms, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, February 5 –March 4, 2000
1999
Andrea Zittel – Personal Programs, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany, November 19, 1999 – February 27, 2000 (catalogue)
1999
A-Z Time Trials, Galerie Franck & Schulte, Berlin, Germany, September 30 – November 13, 2000
1999
A-Z Deserted Island, The Public Art Fund, Central Park South Pond, New York, NY, May 26, 1999 – September, 2000
1999
Points of Interest, The Public Art Fund, Central Park Southeast Entrance, New York, NY; May 26, 1999 – April, 2000
1998
A-Z Personal Panels: 1993-1998, Sadie Coles HQ, London, England, December 4, 1998– January 23, 2000
1998
RAUGH, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, May 28 – July 10, 1998
1998
A-Z For You • A-Z For Me, University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, April 13 – May 13, 1998 (brochure)

Literature

2003
Ingvild Goetz and Rainald Schumacher. Andrea Zittel, Munich, Germany: Herausgeber
2002
Simona Vendrame, Andrea Zittel Diary #01, Milan, Italy: tema celeste editions
2000
Felix Zdenek, Personal Programs: Andrea Zittel, Hamburg, Germany: Deichtorhallen Hamburg
1996
Andrea Zittel: Living Units, Basel, Switzerland: Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel